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They look exactly like the Brainwavz pads, judging from the pics in the link above. Really helps put into perspective just how much profit they are making now, selling them for $21 on Amazon:
The stock pads aren't terrible for about an hour. After that you will start to feel the pressure of them. I switched them out and it really helped comfort. I got the Brainwavz angled memory foam pads for $30 on amazon.
I wear my m40x for gaming, music, etc. I love em.
I got them off Amazon. Search "HM5 Pads" there are a million colors and angle or non angle.
Here is the link to mine.
Brainwavz Angled Memory Foam Earpad - Suitable For Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_KylJybJ69YK5Z
I would second this. You can get the Audio Technica m40 off /r/AVexchange/ for around $50 - 55 shipped and then get a pair of Brainwavz Angled Earpads from amazon
Yeah I still have my set for a couple years now I swapped out the ear cups for some from here an love them even more. The stock ones were a bit to thin for my liking.
These ones from Brainwavz say they work, I use the same on my M40X and M50X, fit and feel great.
You can try to buy replacement ear pads. I have the Brainwavz ear pads on my Cloud Flights and it’s the most comfortable headset of all time for me. I have above average head and ear size and the combination of the headphones with the after market ear pads are a beautiful combo. Here is a link to them on Amazon.
Brainwavz Angled Memory Foam Earpad - Suitable for Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VUuOCbR28M2N0
Sorry! Ive been away from my phone all day! these cups are the Brainwavz angled variant! They’re SUUUUPER comfy (albeit a little difficult to put on) and improve the sound of the headphones quite a bit. Oh I also have the ATH M40X.
I got em here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fab_UQcCFbQ62B625
Never used them in rain, but they sync up really well. Never had a issue using them. Watching movies and playing games is fine, use them for VR lots. The cable is incredibly short (Standard earbud cable length) but I use a headphone extension cable that works perfectly fine. Some people hate this but it doesn't bother me too much, if there's no audio being played they will go in a standby mode (BT mode only) to save battery, and when they need to activate again it'll take about half a second for audio to kick in, that's only if there is complete silence though. The only thing I hate about them is that they're Micro USB, for me it's annoying because everything else I own is USB C. They charge very fast and last a long time, even at "low battery" they can last an hour or more in my experience. Overall good sounding headphones, both wireless and wired. If you've used other similar AT headphones though, these ones also have really small earpads. I had to replace them immediately (took them off my M40x) since they were so small and sat on my ears instead of around, Brainwavz makes good pads though.
Yes they are replaceable. Haven't tried these myself but seen multiple people recommend them. Also, pressing the power button cycles the different light configs if you have the updated firmware.
You can find them on Amazon.
Brainwavz Angled Memory Foam Earpad
But remember if you like the current sound, don't change them. Changing to above mentioned will have impact on bass but will be more comfortable and have better better lows). Just don't put the velour pads.
The Brainwavz HM5 Memory Foam Earpads are going to be your best option. They have a wide variety of them, including angled pads and non-angled pads in a variety of colors and materials. I have the black non-angled leather ones, and they made a night and day difference with the comfort and all-around performance of my headphones. What’s most important, though, is the material. They make them in velour, leather, and a hybrid (velour on the ears, leather on the outside). The velour ones are feel cooler on the ears and help widen the soundstage, but they leak a lot of sound. The leather ones are the same material as the stock pads on the 550s. They far better noise cancellation, but they are hot on the ears after very long sessions. DO NOT buy the hybrids. The theory with them is that they combine the benefits of both, making it cool and having good soundstage while still having good isolation, but it really just does neither. If you are going to be using them mostly at home and won’t be taking them many places, buy the velour, but if you use them around others, the leather earpads are the much better option. The general rule is that if you have open headphones, go for velour, and if you have closed cans, go for the leather. That doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up, but I would recommend the leather ones.
TL;DR: Buy the leather HM5 pads linked above because they are the best option on the market for those headphones
I personally have these on my Hyper X flights and they’re amazing. They give a subtle boost to bass while not drowning out the mids and highs. They’re also ridiculously comfortable.
Brainwavz Angled Memory Foam Earpad - Suitable For Large Over The Ear Headphones - AKG, HifiMan, ATH, Philips, Fostex https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xFOmBbQEKA75V
I think they aren't thick enough and big enough. My ears hit the inside of the headphones as well as the edges of the earcups. I was thinking of getting these https://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-Angled-Memory-Foam-Earpad/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8&th=1. Some people say they use them with the M2s. They look thicker and slightly larger.
My question was for the Master & Dynamic headphone, MH40, not the Audio Technica ATH-m40 or 50x. Master & Dynamic makes an Alcantera pad and was wondering if anyone had tried them. For your question I think people use the Brainwavz angled pads: https://www.amazon.com/BRAINWAVZ-Angled-Memory-Foam-Earpad/dp/B00ZY8PGJI
One more question, the cloud 2s already have a sound card correct? So all I really need to buy are Brainwavz angled leather pads?
Get the RHA MA750i or ATH E40 for iems, for over ear get the m40x ( it's like 70 or 80 in some stores right now when it's usually 99.9) and buy these ear pads so it's comfortable I would personally get the RHA 750 with 3 year warranty or the m40x with the pads, shure should be good but putting them on can be a pain and taking them off to talk to people is annoying
I can't check right now but I bet the earcups come right off. Most headsets have a similar way to replace them. Getting the size right is the tough part.
Here are some thick pads from Brainwavz. Seems like that company has accurate measurements on their product descriptions. Maybe they make something that'll fit the 800s for a decent price.
I'd say maybe give the Brainwavz Angled pads a shot. I have the velour version on a different pair and they fit the mounting ring, you may have to stretch them out a little bit before fitting them on the rings, but it'll fit.
Ok I checked the video. Doesn't seem too hard. What about these pads?
So again, M40x's are a great choice, especially with HM5 angled pads. For some reason, they're cheaper and sound better than the M50x. Use those particular pads - they'll give you better soundstage and comfort. If your source has a strong amp, you could also try the Beyerdynamic DT770's.
You can try putting them over something wider than your head when you aren't using them, or hanging them from a shelf by one of the pads. Also you could consider replacing the pads to something more comfy: https://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-Angled-Memory-Foam-Earpad/dp/B00ZY8PGJI
The company seems to acknowledge this by introducing a new model. Sadly, there's no hybrid version yet.
I had similar issues, and eventually had to toss out a K301Xtra because I could not find a replacement pad for it.
Thanks mate, I'll look into them. How do you feel about the irreplaceable nature of the pads? If I were to invest in them, I would also look to eventually replace them with these suckers. On a scale from 1 to shove my head through a wall, how difficult is the process?
Edit: Actually, I just removed the white internals from the original pads and stuffed them behind the replacements - I consider it an improvement... It makes the clamp tight enough that I can rotate the headphones behind my head, and they sit comfortably on me! Thanks anyways, I'll definitely keep my eyes on upgrading in the future, thought not as of right now...
I heard that changing the pads to these solves the issue of lack of bass and makes them even more comfortable but before you get them, check if the ring on the stock pads that clip into the headphones is removable and not glued on. If it's glued on then you'll have to get a pair of stock leather pads that have the removeable ring and put it on the brainwavz HM5 although I don't know if you can justify spending about 40 bucks on pads alone.
Im sure there is a better way to do this but Im a noob and impatient. If I remember correctly, i just ripped off all the stock pad. Then I took the clip ring thing off and stretched the new pad around it. Then re attached the ring/pad. I had never done anything like it and it turned out nice. It was the angled pads, they are thicker on the back half and I imagine make for a snugger fit. There are some videos out there that show how to do all this.http://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-Angled-Memory-Foam-Earpad/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=pd_sim_23_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=31JaOMNVwPL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=1V3CFMB8CFQ9AQQKNK9Y
I recently purchased a pair of ATH-M50x's and I cannot believe the sound difference from my old Sennheiser HD 428's. In fact it inspired me to buy a second pair for my GF. I already want to see what else is out there and I was able to try on a pair of Mad Dogs. I love them and think they are amazingly comfortable, but I have been reading that they are just modded Fostex T50RP's. If I wanted to mod them myself what would I need for this project and is it a project that is to ambitious for a rather electronics savy noobie (electrical engineer). Also part of what really endeared me to them was their earpads, and I was wondering what earpads are most similar to them so that I could acquire them as well. I love the loose soft leather feel, would these be an adequate comparison? Thank you!!!
The m40x definitely has more clamping force which would work for you. The pads that I used to replace are the HM5 Angled Pleather. I heard that the Brainwavz Sheepskin Leather Angled also works pretty well, however if you are willing to spend that much then might as well go with the best available which are the ZMF Oval Cowhide. Again, I've only tried the hm5 angled pleather but I've heard a lot of good things about the other two, more so on the zmf cowhide. Keep in mind that they will make the headphones a lot more bulky and although the folding mechanism will still work, it won't fold as neatly. Also, these earpads might be stiff at first, give them a few days to naturally break in and don't intentionally mold them.
As for the cable, I'm still using the original though I admit it is heavy and annoying. Yes you do have to get specific 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable with locking mechanism. People recommended this New Fantasia Cable but since we're from Canada, I just searched Amazon and I think this ATH Replacement Cable will work just fine though I have not used either. Overall I think that the m40x is a little bit heavier than the Phillips although that might be unnoticeable with the cable change and it is not enough for me to mind. The Phillips are bulkier due to the lack of clamping force and giant earpads.
Finally about the audio; these 2 are my first decent headphones and I don't know much about audio so I might not be the best person to ask. Compared to my old $20 headphone, the m40x definitely raises the bar but not as much as people described it to be. Comparing it with the Phillips I wouldn't say that one is strictly better, but rather 2 different experiences. I personally prefer the Phillips for songs with more vocals and instruments while I like the m40x better for electronic music with bass and songs that I like to jam along. I think this is just due to the characteristics of an open and closed headphone. I didn't get amazed when I first transitioned into them from a low end headphone like people described but I did notice an increase in audio quality. Overall I'd say that they are on the same level of audio quality as I don't see one being outright better when switching back and forth. One thing with the closed headphones like m40x is that it blocks other noises which can be good and bad; I sometimes find it unsettling and unnatural when I can't hear any little background sound but that's just something personal I thought I'd share.
In conclusion I'd say that the m40x is definitely a great headphone, good bang for your buck especially during this sale. You just need an earpad and maybe cable replacement and you're good to go. I'm tempted to buy another one now as a gift. Feel free to ask me anything that's still on your mind.
Idk if there is a bezel where you can put these over but this is what I used on my SHP9500s.
Tl;dr Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless for lowest latency and good sound, Sennheiser and switch the pads (stock will be bad for gaming) for best sound and 2nd best latency on lower quality mode.
Reposted because I had a major change to make.
Recommended earpads to try:
https://dekoniaudio.com/product/choice-leather-for-audio-technica-m50x-headphones/ (might have the better sound and padding, but be a little small around the ears)
Or try a more open pad, like fenestrated sheepskin or velour. (Dekoni allows returns, and Brainwavz allows them through Amazon.) These will weaken the isolation quite a bit, however. (Only matters if you want isolation.)
I'm not going to look at the mic. Just evaluating them as headphones. If you care about the mic, let me know. I can change my recommendations. This is also mostly their regular wireless performance (bluetooth if they are bluetooth only, dongle if they aren't.) If you plug them in wired (or use bluetooth, if they are dongle-phones), they will sound different.
I ranked them in terms of stock performance. If you switch the pads, the Sennheiser will probably be the best in sound.
Just a disclaimer, I like wired audiophile headphones (I use the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80ohms for gaming), but I'm recommending the best among these options (pretty much the options for wireless gaming).
1. This won't be the popular answer because it's a gaming brand, but the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 for best soundstage and lowest latency (12ms). However, it has slightly worse sound and no bluetooth. Also, no isolation. Around the best build quality here, or SteelSeries is. The others are close, just more plastic.
2. The Sennheiser PXC 550 II (a bluetooth set) really isn't for gaming, at least stock. (This is an audiophile brand, so it will be a popular answer here.) The soundstage is poor, the treble is a bit muddy. Other than that, they are very good, comparable to the other options. The isolation is good. They are the best wired, so if you ever want to plug them in for higher audio quality, they are the best choice. Changing the pads will also help the soundstage and the weaker parts of the sound. They have a low-latency mode that is pretty damn good (54ms). The sound quality might be a good amount worse in low-latency mode. Maybe
3. Sound-wise, soundstage-wise (important for gaming) and quality-wise, the SteelSeries Arctic Pro Wireless are good stock. These are dongle-phones. Around the best build quality here, or the Astro is. The way they are a bit weak is: if you have glasses or long hair, they can have a less consistent sound. The latency also isn't bad compared to every other option (129ms bluetooth, 115ms dongle). The isolation is a bit weak.
4. The Bose QC 35 II is almost as good, but it's more if you need noise isolation; otherwise, the bass and soundstage are a little worse. (Also an unpopular answer because Bose is hated by audiophiles.) The other thing is that these are bluetooth, so if you need bluetooth mainly, this might be better in sound quality than the SteelSeries. But the latency is worse. (Around 200ms.)
5. The Razer Opus (is bluetooth, btw) should also be worse than the Bose for gaming, but better than Sony or Sennheiser. (They are another bluetooth set). The Razer Opus X is probably better for gaming (better soundstage by a bit), closer to the Bose in that. Also, it has less distortion than the other options. Though, the sound is otherwise a bit worse, and the bluetooth is more unreliable. It's definitely cheaper for a reason. The latency of both of these is a little better than Sony or Bose, but still around the same level.
5. The Sony WH1000MX4 is in a similar boat to the Sennheiser, though it has stronger noise isolation. The Sony has a bit muddy bass, the PXC has a bit muddy treble. The Sony isn't as good wired as the Sennheiser. Also, the latency is a lot worse.
6. Audeze Penrose is bad. The treble won't be good. Again, also popular here because it's an audiophile brand. Could be fixed by pads, but I'm not sure.
How was sound effected? Also could these fit them?
Angled > oval for m40x
So it came down to 2 choices:
Angled Pleather or non Angled Pleather and I keep getting mixed messages of "Angled specifically for M40x works best" although the driver is angled.
I am confused :3
I have the flights and immediately bought these:
I wouldn't say the headset is uncomfortable without these but these definitely help with comfort.
Budget - $500 (flexible). Looking to get a quality pair of cans this time around
Source - O2 Amp in a custom mixer (original main source is a Schiit Modi 3 DAC)
Requirements for Isolation - I prefer isolation. Don't want sound to leak in/out.
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? - Not very likely.
Preferred Type of Headphone - Full sized/over-ear. I have pretty big ears, so most headphones don't fit well for long listening periods (I have my headphones on all day). I have used Brainwavz pads with all my headphones and currently use these. Large and/or oval-shaped headphone cups are more or less a requirement here (unless there's headphones you can suggest that are round/large enough, the brainwavz pads just about fit my ears for context)
Preferred tonal balance - +Bass, ~Treble. I don't consider myself a bass-head (e.g. I don't want it to be overpowering), but I definitely want the bass in my music to be clearly present/enjoyable. Prefer punchy over boomy base. Beyond that, my ears hurt/get fatigued if the highs/treble is "peaky"/too sharp (not sure if that's the correct way to describe it).
Past headphones - ATH-M50X: First entry into quality audio. Great first headphones, but they snapped after a few years, so I decided to step up a little bit. Sony MDR 1AM2: Current headphones. Had these for a few years now. Great when I got them. Not bad now, a little light on bass for my tastes at this point. I use them with angled Brainwavz pads and often find them not sealing towards the back. They sound shallow, if that makes sense.
Preferred Music - Mostly metal/metalcore/post-hardcore (big fan of Avenged Sevenfold, Pierce the Veil, etc.), but a healthy mix of some pop, hip hop, alternative as well. I want the bass guitar/drums to be clear.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - A bit more bass and more detail/depth. Different sound signature more or less. I was leaning towards the SRH 1540, but from the reviews I've seen, they're essentially neutral in terms of bass. Truth be told if they were a little more bass heavy they'd be perfect for me. This isn't a dealbreaker/a top priority, it'd be nice if they built nice. A reasonable amount of heft isn't that bit a deal for me.
If the best solution here is to get some headphones and an EQ like a Schiit Loki or something of the sort, I'm also open to that. Feel free to ignore the cost of the Loki for the budget in that scenario.
Happy to provide any further clarification/context if needed. Let me know y'all.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_xoPNFb3KG35C9 , I also use Sennheiser HD 598 SR and a HD 58x Jubilee headphones
A couple of super simple things...first I changed out the cups for the brainwavz angle ear pads in order to improve comfort and (from what I learned on a YouTube video) improve the sound quality (as you increase the distance from the drivers to your ears)...got em here:
And then I also got a replacement cable that’s much shorter (4ft) than the stock ones...so I can more comfortably
Easy peasy!! But it makes my listening experience so much better...no more ear fatigue and now I’m not constantly tripping over the cable lol.
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I use these: Brainwavz Coussinets angulaires pour Casques en mousse à mémoire de forme pour casque audio - (Noir) https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_oDTVCb6RX5D6K
Soft and comfortable for hours:)
These in PU leather or Sheepskin but sheepskin cost twice at much
These eapads work the best https://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-Angled-Memory-Foam-Earpad/dp/B00ZY8PGJI
These are what I'm using on mine super comfy.
then get hyperx cloud core with brainwazve hm5 angled pleather these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/ref=psdc_13880181_t4_B00MFDT894 and should be fine for your big ears.
is this similar to the pleather of what hyperx alpha have ?
or you can show me which one you're using
I'm buying new pads for my SHP9500s, because they are really loose on my head, but I can't decide which ones to buy. I'm considering the following. The $27 pair is enticing because of the price, but I'm wondering if the upgrade to leather or the upgrade to the Alpha pair is worth it.
Brainwavz HM5 Angled Pads (pleather) - $27.50
Brainwavz HM5 Angled Pads (sheepskin leather) - $47.50 (same as the previous, but real leather)
MrSpeakers Alpha Pads (sheepskin leather) - $59.99
If I was you I would get the m40x refurbished and buy these pads https://www.amazon.com/Brainwavz-Angled-Memory-Foam-Earpad/dp/B00ZY8PGJI/
Oh I think this
You'll need some cups and not new pads to make it closed if you're referring to it being open-back headphones. Behind the drivers on the outside is a metal mesh that you see with the L and R painted on it in white, that's where the sound leaks out.
These are the cheaper replacement pads that /r/headphones recommends for them for a snugger fit (and possibly more bass?), but to actually close them some people are offering 3d printed cups to be glued to the outside like shown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET9TWgel7ec
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These are angled pleather from the look of it, not hybrid though.
Are these the pads you are using?
The stock headband is pretty much unpadded. If you get a pair, I'd strongly recommend replacing the earpads and adding padding or a suspension strap. I'm personally rather partial to angled HM5 pads plus MrSpeakers comfort strap, though SRH840 pads and a knockoff Beyer headband are a common (and cheaper) alternative.
If it's the pads deteriorating, you can swap them. The pads are held in there by a strip of plastic held by tension of the pads. If you wanted to swap, the suggested pad is Brainwavz Angled pleather/memory foam pads. They'll last longer than the headphones, and can be reused on future headphones.
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